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ABPI study shows collaboration between pharma and UK academia is growing

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has published its latest survey on the links between industry and academia, which show how the pharmaceutical industry is supporting student training and research placements.

The data illustrate various types of academia-industry interaction including apprenticeships, undergraduate placements, PhD studentships, and post-doctoral researcher awards.

The data comes from a biennial survey conducted by the ABPI and responded to by a consistent core of pharmaceutical companies in order to show trends over time. The 2022 survey received responses from the following 14 major pharmaceutical companies:

  • AbbVie
  • AstraZeneca
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Eisai
  • Eli Lilly
  • GSK
  • IQVIA
  • Labcorp
  • MSD
  • Pfizer
  • Roche
  • Santen
  • Shionogi
  • UCB

This year’s survey shows that links between the pharmaceutical industry and academia are increasing.

  • The number of apprentices being trained by pharmaceutical companies captured, is at its highest ever, up by around a third since 2019 at 825. This is an almost 3-fold increase since 2015.
  • Undergraduate placements in the pharmaceutical industry have increased by more than 16% since 2019 at 697, although slightly down on the all-time high of 704 in 2017.
  • PhD studentships with an industrial placement have increased nearly 10% since 2019 to 601, although still down on the 2003 high of 702.
  • Postdoctoral jobs have doubled since 2019 and now stand at 564, the highest ever captured in the history of survey.

Commenting on the report, Andrew Croydon, ABPI’s Director of Examinations, Skills and Education Policy said: “There are huge benefits from collaboration between industry and academia. This includes the practical – like sharing of resources and the ability to use academic knowledge to solve real-world problems in industry. There are also intangible benefits, like demystifying each other’s sectors, and building networks with diverse teams from different scientific backgrounds.

“It’s great to see that links between industry and academia are increasing and bringing added value to the work of both.”

Read the findings of the survey in full.

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Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper
Emma is Content Manager at Pf Media.

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